this is bbc news. the headlines at three. theresa may heads to the united states to become the first world leader to meet the new president. but donald trump's latest comments on supporting torture in his first interview as president are likely to complicate the visit. would i feel strongly about waterboarding? as far as i am concerned, we have to fight fire with fire. the number of prisoners taking their own lives in jails in england and wales reaches record levels. strong consumer spending helped the uk's economy to grow 0.6% in the fourth quarter of last year, according to figures from the ons. iam here i am here in solihull at the jaguar land rover plant. i will be here all afternoon to find out more about those growth figures out this morning. and tim peake reveals he's to return to the international space station for a second time as the module he used to transport him last time goes on display.
i saw the spacecraft every single day because our docking port was right next to the cupola window, so for six months in space, every time i opened the window, i would look out and see the soyuz spacecraft. i'm martin bashir, and i'll be reporting live from here in westminster where senior politicians, dignitaries and religious leaders will gather for a commemorative event to mark the holocaust. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may is expected to become the first world leader to meet america's new president this evening when she addresses senior republicans in philadelphia.
tomorrow she will travel to the white house for formal talks with mr trump. the prime minister is expected to tell her audience tonight that a "sovereign, global britain" wants to strengthen ties with "old friends". but some politicians here have reacted to the meeting with misgivings, after the president said he supports the use of waterboarding in interrogations. here's our political correspondent, carole walker. theresa may says her meeting with president trump will be an opportunity to renew the special relationship, to discuss a future trade deal and the importance of strengthening defence and security cooperation. but how will she respond to the new president's latest remarks? some of his advisers do not agree with him but donald trump says he would consider methods such as waterboarding to tackle international terrorism. when they are chopping off the heads of people because they happen to be a christian in the middle east, when isis is doing things nobody has heard of since medieval times, but i feel strongly about waterboarding 7 as far as i am concerned,
we have to fight fire with fire. i want to do everything in the bounds of what we can do legally but do i feel it works? absolutely, i feel it works. the foreign secretary says the government's stance is clear. the prime minister did answer that question in the house of commons yesterday and she was very clear that our principled position and our objection to torture remains unchanged. the prime minister has said she will not be afraid to stand up to the american president on issues where they disagree. yesterday, a senior tory and the raised his concerns. president trump has repeatedly said that he will bring back torture as an instrument of policy. when she sees him on friday, will the prime minister make clear that in no circumstances will she permit britain to be dragged into facilitating that torture, as we were after september 11? i can assure my honourable friend that we
have a very clear position on torture, we do not sanction torture, we do not get involved with that and that will continue to be our president. as the prime minister continues to negotiate britain's the from the eu, she has spoken about the importance of loping —— of new global ties, the eu is our biggest trading market, with more than £500 billion annually but theresa may knows the progress of a future us trade deal would send an important signal. it is very important for britain and the united states we have better trade agreements, they could be even better with the right kind of deal and it is good that we work together on the main issues around the world. and the british government has been very clear in its stance. the prime minister will speak in glowing terms about the importance of the special relationship when she addresses senior republicans later. she will say the us and uk working together to defeat evil have fulfilled the promise of freedom, liberty and the rights of man, but is under pressure to confront the american president over remarks which many believe fly in the face of those ideals.
are we going to return to the worst days of guantanamo bay? it isn't right that our message is torture is on the agenda. theresa may knows that establishing a strong personal rapport will be hugely important. downing street said there may be frank exchanges, but it is clear that renewing the special relationship will be the priority. our chief political correspondent vicki young is in westminster. joining me now via webcam from oxford is drjames morrison, assistant professor in the department of international relations at the london school of economics. thank you very much for being with us. thank you very much for being with us. what do you think will be the chemistry if there is any chemistry,
between theresa may and donald trump? these are two rather different individuals. these are two rather different styles of politics they are practising. ideologies are very different. i hasten to add this isa man very different. i hasten to add this is a man is that well with women. theresa may is the great political credo that she is able men. he won't respect just because he credo that she is able men. he won't respectjust because he a woman —— she is woman? he will be on his best behaviour. what we now about people with these biases, they are subconscious. donald trump has been uncharacteristically consistent on his attitude towards women. he measures them according to single aesthetic standard. he should not think about theresa may that. she is the serious politician and he would do well to take it seriously. i am not sure he has it in him. do you think he will take this special relationship seriously? he has
called himself half british in the past. he has links with scotland in particular. under president obama, america but the special relationship on the back burner. the cross i work several centuries of history, many americans live here and work in britain, there have been ads and flows and moments of great degree meant and great discord. donald trump will see this as an opportunity to make a very good deal for americans. he is a man who wrote the book on making deals. he will drive hard bargain. in the late trade deal, who needs that small? is that britain who needs small? absolutely. if we think in terms of his trade points. justin terms of
trade, donald trump's primary focus is on china. his second as canada and mexico. when it comes to getting ha deal with united kingdom he would like to make one but it isn't as important to him. here in britain, nothing is really more important than theresa may's ability to go and build this global trading nation that she has told us about last week. that depends on having a good relationship with major powers like the united states. good to talk to you. assistant professor in the department of international relations at the lse. our chief political correspondent vicki young is in westminster. mps have been giving their advice to theresa may about what she should say to donald trump on everything from trade to torture. a lot of them flagging up the difference is that we have with the
opinions of the american president, urging herto be opinions of the american president, urging her to be frank with him when she sees him tomorrow. downing street said the land close relationship between our two countries means she is able to have frank discussions with him, she can tell him what she thinks. she said yesterday she would not be afraid to tell an american president is what she thought. let's discuss this more with the liberal democrat mp. she is going to see the us president, we having long association and ties with them, what would you like her to say to him? the special relationship has been built on shared values and a said at that. we need aider assurance that presidents chun continues to share the same values. he said some concerning things during his campaigning. we wa nt things during his campaigning. we want him to re—state his position he will oppose torture. he has said some discriminative things about muslims. all of these things are not
values that britain shares. i hope theresa may is going to take a strong line. in diplomatic terms, prime ministers of britain often had to deal with people who don't share their views. shouldn't she striker a relationship with him and then try to influence him? it is fairly early in his presidency and i think one of the things will be to give in eight bit of time to get established. time will tell how much of what he said is going to manifest itself in his presidency. theresa may has painted herself into acorn in that she will be keen to start striking that trade deal she has talked about. because of their own choices she has made with the man and timing of brexit. talking of brexit, the build to trigger article 50 will be debated next week. you have said he will vote against it. are you justifying the will of the people? personally,
i have the personal monday to vote against article 50, i fought a by—election on that issue in decemberandl by—election on that issue in decemberand i was by—election on that issue in december and i was clear about my position and i need to fulfil my commitment to my constituents. the liberal democrats have said all along we don't think leaving the european union is the right thing for britain. i don't think going out of the single market, we are not sure she has a mandate to do that. we will vote against article 50 unless that is a further vote on the vote. thank you very much indeed. jeremy corbyn has taken a different view, he will be ordering his mps to support article 50 but that is a lotto speculation some, includes them in his shadow cabinet, feel they can't do that and will resign their posts in order to go against article 50. theresa may is on her way to the us for talks
with president trump tomorrow. tonight, the prime minister will give a speech to us republicans and we'll be showing it live here on the bbc news channel at 8.30pm. in the last hour, president trump has taken to twitter to say that mexico president enrique pena nieto should cancel his forthcoming visit to washington if mexico is unwilling to pay for the border the tweet reads: our correspondent, will grant, is in mexico. has there been any reaction to this statement from president chun that if mexico isn't willing to pay then
be president needn't come. —— president trump. it was the mexican president in a tight line. he said last night here in mexico city that he had no intention of having mexico pay for the wall. but it is clear he was still planning to go to washington to hold those talks. that was confirmed by his foreign minister. now is the trump has added his voice to many here in mexico city suggesting the meeting should not take place although there is a clear caveat in the case of mr trump saying it shouldn't take place if mexico continues to say they won't pay for the wall. considering the mexican president has no intention of saying they are going to paul foot —— pay for this war, they are in entrenched positions. —— wall.
mexico will be made to pay indirectly in terms of paris or with holding many in some shape or form. exactly, yes. ordinarily people are concerned that so many people depend on remittances from the united states, they have family members who are in the us working and sending dollars back to mexico to sustain theirfamilies. if dollars back to mexico to sustain their families. if a dollars back to mexico to sustain theirfamilies. if a heavy dollars back to mexico to sustain their families. if a heavy taxes dollars back to mexico to sustain theirfamilies. if a heavy taxes put on those, that could hit them hard and make life difficult for mexican families. they could be able to tax of some description on mexican companies importing to the united states would would make life difficult for the mexican economy which is already in trouble. this is a really difficult situation, not just for the mexican president but for scores of thousands, millions of ordinarily mexican people. the mexican president is innate difficult situation, he has been
told by president trump not to come told by president trump not to come to the state if he won't agree to build the wall and is under pressure at home not to go because of the wall. that is right. what does he do? in a says he is going to have to differentiate the bluster and the noise that comes from twitter with the diplomacy that is going on in washington at the moment. his foreign minister and his economic minister are both there at the moment working and speaking to donald trump's team, speaking to the new administration. it doesn't help if donald trump is putting out these noises because it would make the mexican president look bleak if he went and mexican president look bleak if he wentand an mexican president look bleak if he went and an uncomfortable meeting took place or something. it is complicated one but the noise and the voices here are growing, calling for the mexican president to cancel the visit altogether. many thanks. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may heads to the united states to become the first world leader to meet
the new president. the number of prisoners taking their own lives in jails in england and wales reaches record levels. strong consumer spending helped the uk's economy to grow 0.6% in the fourth quarter of last year, according to figures from the ons. and in sports, a half—century from eoin morgan held england's tuwai seven wicket victory over india in the first 2020 international in india. they did with 11 balls to spare. roger federer is into the men's single final at the australian open he beat stan wawrinka and is now one win away from a fifth triumph in melbourne. serena williams will meet her older sister in a grand slam final for the first time since 2009. i will be
back with montreux stories just after half past three. —— more on those stories. the chancellor, philip hammond, says the uk's economy is "robust and resilient" but he's warned there may be uncertainty ahead as britain adjusts to a new relationship with europe. his comments come as new figures show that the economy defied the expectations of some economists and grew by 0.6% in the final three months of last year. our economics editor kamal ahmed is at the microsoft headquarters in reading, which the chancellor visited this morning. famously and sarcastic, it was napoleon that called britain a nation of shopkeepers. frankly, philip hammond is pretty glad that we are a nation of consumers. it has been the services sector of the uk economy, 80% of the uk economy, that
has lifted those growth figures. retail, restaurants and travel agents have all been contributing to those growth figures. as you say, there were lots of gloomy forecasts about what had happened to the economy if we voted to leave the european union, which of course we did. i kicked off by asking the chancellor here in red ink whether this was hain cancelled or pain delayed. we recognise that as we go into this period of negotiating with the european union and as we absorb the impact of the depreciation of stirling last year, they will be more uncertainty ahead doing because of this year. the fact the economy is so robust and resilient going in should give great cancel optimism. brexit and our negotiation for leaving the eu are at least one of
the big unknowns for the uk economy. the chancellor told me there were some concerns about business investment being delayed because of worries about that uncertainty. i asked him whether that period of uncertainty was never seeming little shorter than it had initially. i sense that the period in which our european partners were wanting to chastise us has passed, has moved on. what people are looking to do now is look for aid practical solution that works for us, works for the european union and will make our people more prosperous in the future. philip hammond will be looking towards his next big event and that is the budget in march. better growth figures for 2016 mean the government will have little bit more money to play with because the government's receipts will have
increased from taxes. it doesn't mean we're out of the woods, the bank of england is saying growth for next year be lower than forecast for this year but for the moment, the uk economy is certainly continuing with that strong robust growth that we have seen today. the number of prisoners who killed themselves in jails in england and wales last year reached record levels. the ministry ofjustice says there were 119 suicides, the highest number since records began in 1978. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. last year, the bbc was given rare access to one britain's most troubled prisons. it didn't take long for our team to come across the mental health problems driving today's rise in prisoners killing and harming themselves. do you need help? yes, yes, yes. help. this man had cuts across his body. another inmate had smashed up his cell, painted its walls. he said his conditions had been diagnosed, but not well treated.
i am asking for help, but the service seems to be so slow. from this picture of life behind bars to the figures which measure the problem. 354 deaths were recorded in 2015—16, up more than a third, a record number. 119 were self—inflicted, another record. and there were more than 25,000 assaults, yet again a record. the government's focus has been on restoring numbers of prison officers, which had previously been cut. we are investing an extra £100 million, 2,500 extra prison officers across the estate, so that we are able to have a caseload of one prison officer for every six prisoners enabling us to give support and challenge to help them turn their lives around, but also making sure that they are kept safe while they are in prison. is it a crisis? it's a very serious situation and i've acknowledged that. if she's going to be serious
about saving lives and making prisons safer, and making prisons work better to serve the the purpose and reduce crime, putting in more staff is only one thing. she has in the end to reduce the number of people in them. prisons are overflowing, they're rat infested, cockroach infested, and they're festering with crime. getting tough with prisoners is easy politics for the government. increasing officer numbers is achievable, yet brings financial pressures. but cutting the number of people in prison, well, that's a real challenge. tom symonds, bbc news. well, you can find out more about the pressures on the prison system in a special report online by the bbc‘s home affairs correspondent danny shaw. that's at bbc.dot.co.uk/prisons. rescuers have pulled the last remaining bodies from the wreckage of an italian hotel which was destroyed by an avalanche last week. it means that 29 people are now known to have
died in the avalanche which was triggered by a series of earthquakes. it's thought staff and guests had gathered on the ground floor of the hotel to await evacuation when the hotel was buried by a wall of snow and concrete. 11 people survived. royal bank of scotland is preparing to take another financial hit for mis—selling mortgage—backed securities in america before the 2008 financial crisis. the bank, which is more than 70% owned by taxpayers, says it's setting aside an additional three billion pounds to settle a case being brought by the us department ofjustice. ahead of tomorrow's holocaust memorial day in the uk, a national commemorative event is being held in central london, involving genocide survivors, high profile political and religious figures and celebrities. this year's theme explores the treatment of survivors of the holocaust and other genocides. a survey by the holocaust memorial day trust says one in four survivors
has experienced discrimination or abuse here in the uk, because of their religion and ethnicity. our religious affairs correspondent, martin bashir, is at the queen elizabeth ii conference centre in central london. good afternoon. the service began at about three o'clock. there are senior politicians, religious leaders, survivors of the holocaust in there. the service is being narrated and linked back i —— by our colleague. they have been contributions from some of the best—known and most loved actors and actresses including jim broadbent, timothy west and jenny agutter. there has been a did you contribution from theresa may, the prime minister, where she talked about a national memorial that is being considered. there are ten
plans for that but add them to a short list. also an educational centre. the prime minister said, how does life go on? it goes on because we have seen the worst of humanity but also seen the best. one of the first speakers at the event was the secretary of state for communities and local government. 72 years ago the world learned of the liberation of auschwitz and the full hover of the death camps. as we look at the devastation wrought upon people in europe, we swore that we would never let genocide happen again. we failed. genocide happen in cambodia, it happened in rwanda, the 20th century ended with genocide in bosnia. the 21st—century began with
genocide in darfur war. faced not only with this unimaginable evil but also with our repeat of failure to learn from it, it is easy to ask how can life go on? i find the answer in the words of one young victim of the holocaust, what she wrote in her diary. i still believe people are really good at heart. anne frank was right. people can be good. people can be better. wejust need right. people can be good. people can be better. we just need to right. people can be good. people can be better. wejust need to be reminded of ourfailings can be better. wejust need to be reminded of our failings and not permitted to forget what happens when hatred is left to grow unchecked. you can see the seriousness of the comments there. the national holocaust memorial day is tomorrow. they will be 6000 events right
across the united kingdom in places of worship, in prisons, even at railway stations where people will begin to reflect again on those horrific events. many thanks. it is creeping up to 3:30pm. must check out our weather prospects. we have got big contrast in our weather across the country. temperatures in parts of kent at minus too. that's where we have got the sunshine in scotland, highs of around 12 celsius. into the evening, most places looking drive. overnight we will see if sharp frost developing. that is shown by the blue colours on the map. they could be a few spots of rain come even some snow falling on cold ground so that is the chance of icy stretches around tomorrow morning. misty ness and the
south—east. most of us dry tomorrow, still cold but bright towards the north—east. further south and further west, we will see milder air and a few spots of rain. ten dishes ranging between 2—9d. the weekend will not be as cold. bit breezy, some rain but some sunshine especially in the north on sunday. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines at 3:30pm: theresa may leaves downing street for the us ahead of her meeting with president trump tomorrow, with the message that the uk and the us can "lead together again" tonight she will address senior us republicans. donald trump says it would be better to cancel an upcoming meeting with the mexican president if mexico is not willing to pay for a border wall. a record number of inmates killed
themselves in prisons in england and wales last year. there were 119 suicides — the highest number since records began in 1978. the uk economy grew by 0.6 per cent during the fourth quarter of last year, and by two per cent during the whole of 2016. the government has published a bill today to trigger article 50, and begin the process of the uk leaving the european union. the spacecraft which took british astronaut tim peake to space has gone on display in london — as he reveals he will return to the international space station for a second time. all of the sport now... let's go over to hugh. england have cruised to a seven wicket victory in their first twenty20 international against india in kanpur...
england did well to restrict the hosts to 147 after winning the toss. moeen ali got the key wicket of india skipper virat kohli. he made 29 — england made a rollicking start to their run chase and skipper eoin morgan kept up the momentum with a rapid half century. joe root scored the winning runs and finished on 46 not out. england won with 11 balls to spare. they can wrap up the series with a win in the second match, on sunday. roger federer will play for a fifth australian open title this weekend after he beat fellow swiss stan wawrinka in a five set thriller. federer led by two sets in melbourne, before wawrinka struck bad to level. but federer took the decider 6—3 and will face rafael nadal or grigor dimitrov in sunday's final. iam in i am in the finals, i iam in the finals, i know i am in the finals, i know that. and i have a chance to win on sunday now. it is a great position to be
in. regardless of who it is to be against, that is the way. that epic battle was rough nadal, and all i can ca re battle was rough nadal, and all i can care about is that i win on sunday, it does not matter. i understand that magnitude of the match against rafael nadal. it's been a big day for the williams family — as venus and serena both made the women's singles final. venus took three sets to beat fellow american coco vandeweghe, whilst serena dominated mahan mirjana lucic baroni. they meet in a grand final for the first time since 2009. with her illness, it is a win—win situation for me. i was there the whole time, we live together and i know what she went through. it is the one time that i genuinely feel that no matter what happens, i cannot lose, she cannot lose. this is going to be a great situation. when i play on the court with her, i
am playing the best competitor in the game. i do not think i'm trying to change either, you know! i can compete against any odds. i'm going to do what i can do earn it, so i am not thinking about what it would be like to win. i'm thinking what i have to do to earn it, that is my mentality right now. i am so excited. britain's andy lapthorne and partner david wagner who won their final against the paralympic champions dylan alcott and heath davidson in straight sets — that was in the men's quads. arsenal boss arsene wenger says he'll accept his fa charge for pushing an official. wenger will request a personal hearing following a football association misconduct charge — but is calling for clarity on the rules for when a manager is sent to the stands. that comes ahead of their
southampton tie. he is calling for clarity on the rules as to when a manager should be sent to the stands. when i was sent off, i was surprised. i was in the tunnel, and i thought i had the right to be there. last time i was sent from lee. in 2009. —— sent off wrongly. i had to go into the stands, i didn't know where to go. nobody tells you what to do when you are sent off. the jamaica olympic association say they are ‘considering their options' after usain bolt and his three team—mates were stripped of their relay gold medals from the beijing olympics in 2008. nesta carter, one of the four, was found guilty of doping, after samples from the games were re—tested. carter says he will take his appeal to the court of arbitration for sport. of arbitration for sport. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. some news coming into us, we are
hearing campaigners for the victims of the birmingham pub bombings have been told that their lawyers will be able to apply for legal aid. the government intervened to remove legal barriers which had stopped their solicitors, based in northern ireland, from applying for funding. at the inquest into the deaths of 21 people killed by the ira in 1974, they are due to resume later this year. that is the latest. we will bring you more on that as it comes into us. let's get more now on theresa may's visit to america. the prime minister will tell republican leaders tonight that the uk and the us can renew their special relationship — in what she'll describe as a "new age" — after brexit and the election of president trump. tomorrow the prime minister will become the first world leader to hold face—to—face talks with mr trump at the white house. earlier i asked politico reporter, daniel lippman, about what we can expect from the meeting.
i think that it is a real test for the both of them, for donald trump committee needs to prove that he is presidential and meeting a foreign leader. which is a real challenge for him, given that he swings left and right on various issues, and concerning americans with some of his rhetoric, which has not changed even though he is now in the oval office. what i would expect from the meeting tomorrow is whether the tone he strikes with theresa may, who is introducing herself to the american people as well, a lot of americans would think that david cameron is the prime minister of britain! that is very interesting. whenever there is very interesting. whenever there isa is very interesting. whenever there is a meeting between the british prime minister and the american president, we always hear a great deal about the special relationship that the uk has with the usa. is it as special in the usa as we believe it is? i think it is more important
to you guys than us in america. it's almost a relationship where one party is in love with the other. more so than one is with the other. i think that americans value britain, and we love you guys, but it does not seem like it is as important in america, because we have so many other things on our minds that we are not focused on the uk's relationship with the usa. we are more focused on assessing donald trump, and seeing whether he will be a good president. a lot of americans are trying to resist him. democrats will have a wall of resistance, where they do not cooperate with him and they call him illegitimate. so, that will focus the tension here and it may not make a lot of waves in the usa. yet, it is interesting for us the usa. yet, it is interesting for us in that is a is the first foreign leader that he is choosing to meet
and welcome in the white house —— theresa may is the first foreign leader. it is interesting how she is carrying out brexit, and a lot of people in america think that trump's election in november was the us equivalent to brexit. i think that a lot of foreign leaders want to meet trump, butare lot of foreign leaders want to meet trump, but are apprehensive about facing blair backs from their own countries and people about meeting with him —— blowback. you can see mps in theresa may's own party criticising her and telling her to stick up for the values of the uk. we can now bring you pictures of president trump leaving the white house and taking his first trip on board air force one. it will be taking donald trump to
philadelphia, which is where he will meet theresa may, the prime minister arriving there this evening and will be meeting senior us republicans. paul ryan, the house speaker, and mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader amongst other people who we heard from earlier on. tomorrow, that meeting between theresa may and donald trump who will talk about that special relationship between britain and the us. a possible trade deal. we will see whether theresa may raises some of mr trump's recent remarks where he has endorsed torture. there is edfors one, waiting to take donald trump to philadelphia. —— air force one. as we've been hearing, president trump has indicated he would support the water—boarding of terrorism suspects — if his defence secretary and the director of the cia wanted to reinstate the interrogation technique.
mr trump told us television network abc that he believed "we have to fight fire with fire". when isis is doing things that nobody has ever heard of since medieval times, would i feel strongly about waterboarding ? as far as i'm concerned, we have to fight fire with fire. with that being said, i'm going with my secretary, because i think pompeo is going to be phenomenal. i'm going to go with what they say. but i have spoken as recently as 24 hours ago with people at the highest level of intelligence and i asked them the question — does it work? does torture work? and the answer was, "yes, absolutely." the world is a mess. the world is as angry as it gets. you think this is going to cause a little more anger? the world is an angry place. all of this has happened. we went into iraq.
we shouldn't have gone into iraq. we shouldn't have gotten out of the way we got out. the world is a total mess. the world is a mess, david. you brought up iraq, and something you said that could affect american troops in recent days. you said we should have kept the oil, but maybe we'll have another chance. what did you mean by that? we should have kept the oil when we got out. had we taken the oil, we wouldn't have isis. they fuel themselves with the oil. that's where they got the money. you believe we should have gone in and take the oil? we should have taken the oil. you would not have isis if we had taken the oil. you have had the critics who say taking the oil would break international law. can you relay that? who are the critics who have said that? i don't call them critics, i call them fools. excuse me. we should have taken the oil. if we had done that, you would not have isis. we have spent right now $6 trillion in the middle east.
and our country is falling apart. ‘just before we leave, the president told us he wants ‘to show us just one more image.‘ one thing this shows us is just how far over they go here. look how far this is. this goes all the way down here. nobody sees that. you don't see that in the pictures. when you look at this tremendous sea of love, i call it a sea of love, it's really something special that all these people travelled here from all parts of the country, maybe the world, but all parts of the country. hard for them to get here. many of these people were the forgotten men and women. many of them. and they loved what i had to say. more importantly they're going to love the result. thank you very much. donald trump speaking to abc news. nearly half of all hospitals are failing to meet basic government standards for hospital food, according to data released by the department of health. the government
insists that standards are improving, despite others saying that it improving, despite others saying thatitis improving, despite others saying that it is diabolical. in 2014, food standards became mandatory in english hospitals. this official report is an attempt to find out what progress has been made since then. it says there is more to do but claimed there has been a measurable improvement in food quality. for example, in 89% of hospitals, patients said their food was good or very good — that's up 5% from 2013. 55% of hospitals are fully compliant with standards recommended by dieticians — that's up 14% from 2015. and 52% of hospitals are fully compliant with basic government standards on food quality and nutrition, nearly 40% are said to be partly compliant. but the campaign for better hospital food picks up on that same statistic, saying it shows nearly half of hospitals don't meet basic standards. the organisation also claims that nearly a third of patients are at real risk of malnutrition.
the department of health says food standards in hospital are legally binding, but campaigners claim the legal framework for prisons and schools is more rigorous. they say that means healthy children in schools get more legal protection on food standards than sick children in hospitals. ina in a moment, the summary of the business news. but first, the headlines on bbc news. theresa may heads to the united states to become the first world leader to meet the new president—elect. suicide rates in prisons in england and wales have hitan in prisons in england and wales have hit an all—time record, as 119 people took their own lives last year. strong consumer spending helped the uk economy to grow by 0.6% in the fourth quarter of last year. as we heard there, the british
economy grew by 0.6% in the final three months of last year, and by 2% over 2016. according to new figures from the office for national statistics. some economists had forecast a slow—down after the brexit referendum. based on the numbers published at the end of last year, car production in the uk is trending towards a 17 year high. last yearjaguar land rover overtook nissan to be the uk's biggest car—maker — tripling production in about five years — and the us overtook china as the second biggest market. or business presenter, vishala sri—pathma is at the jaguar land rover plant in solihull... that's right, i'm at the jaguar land rover plant. behind us, an assembly line of cars are being made. we are here at the biggest car—maker in the uk. last year, 1.7 million cars were
produced, 30% from this brand, jaguar land rover. he had to discuss more about the car industry is my guest. what challenges do you think lay ahead for the car industry? we have brexit, after the vote last year, we saw that investment was falling in the industry. do you see that as one of the main challenges? for the car industry it is important that it for the car industry it is important thatitis for the car industry it is important that it is highly integrated in the eu. a lot of investment comes from the eu and one of the major challenges is the supply chain. a lot of components, nearly 40% of components, are imported from the eu. if investment goes down, if the pound goes down, costs increase and the other thing is, it is believed the other thing is, it is believed the single market, the standards are set in the eu. there is a common
standard which enables a large enough market to sustain investment and innovation. if it breaks away, the car industry in the uk will suffer. especially if we expect that it will be more difficult to hire from the eu, because controlling immigration is such a big political issue. then, it might be difficult to get talent from the uk and from international importing talent internationally to sustain the innovation necessary for, near factories. do you think the growth we have seen factories. do you think the growth we have seen over factories. do you think the growth we have seen over the last year, would that be eroded away, as say, for example, a deal struck with the eu involves tariffs? yes, we know if we leave the single market and we have these barriers to trade and tariffs, that the costs for, near
factoring in the uk increases by about 20%. i suppose it will probably decrease but it also depends on the new strategies that theresa may announced a couple of days ago and what it will bring for the car industry. she announced that there would be a lot of investment in green energy and in low emission cars, and electrical cars. we know that jaguar land rover showed their first electrical vehicle last year. that might be something where investment comes from the government and could offset the fall in direct investment which comes from the eu at the moment. it's not clear whether we will see it, it all depends on the politics behind the new industrial strategy. thank you. that's all from solihull in this hour, we will be back in the next with more business news. thank you. he spent 186 days in space on board the international space station —
and the british astronaut tim peake says he's going back for more. a second mission to the station is planned for the 44—year—old, who says he's excited about going back. he's been talking about his plans at london's science museum where the soyuz spacecraft that launched him into orbit went on display. our global science correspondent, rebecca morelle, is at the science museum for us. it has been an exciting morning here at the science museum, this is the soyuz capsule behind me, it was perched on a rocket bringing tim peake perched on a rocket bringing tim pea ke safely perched on a rocket bringing tim peake safely back to earth again. if you look closely, there scorch marks on the outside as he re—enters the earth atmosphere. temperatures of 1500 degrees celsius. let's have a look inside. this piece of kit was designed in the 1960s, look how small it is up close. they would have been packed inside. tim was
here, reunited with the spacecraft as our science correspondent palab ghosh reports... it's been to the space station and back, and now the final leg of its epicjourney. the capsule that sent tim peake into orbit and brought him back safely. the soyuz has landed — at the science museum in london. it's like unwrapping a christmas present for the staff here, revealing a singed, scorched piece of britain's scientific history. this is notjust any soyuz capsule. it is tim peake's soyuz capsule. he was inside when he first experienced the wonders of space. and he was looking through this very window when he saw what it was like to re—enter the earth's atmosphere. and now he's been told he'll be given another mission to the space station, in a few years' time. it's great news for myself and my colleagues that we're going to get the opportunity for a second mission back to the international space station.
it's wonderful news for the future of european space travel. the science museum want the display to be an inspiration for schoolchildren. it already is. absolutely amazing. what do you like about it? well, just knowing it's been in space. you can actually really smell the capsule. it smells of burnt metal. it's smaller than i expected as well. tim came back to earth in his capsule last year. it is now a celebration of britain's recent history of sending astronauts into space. the return to earth is the most exciting ride of all time in space. you feel the g build—up and you can see the outside surface bubbling away as you come through the atmosphere. the parachutes open up and you bump down on the ground. many of the children here want to follow in tim and helen's footsteps, but not all of them.
who wants to be an astronaut? many children: me! not me. thank you. support of tim peake has been strong here this morning at the science museum, many people coming to have a look at the soyuz capsule. one family has come from portsmouth today, the wright family. have you come here especially to see this? the boys had a day off today, and they have been watching the story of tim peake, they decided to come and see it. we heard that he was opening it so we came up here. what do you boys think about seeing it in the flesh, it is quite small, isn't it? it is very small. to spend four hours in it and crashed to earth... it is very scary, and it would get very hot as you came down as well. at such extreme speed. it is the most risky part of the mission,
going into space and coming down again. are you interested in science and space? yes, i like it. and has following tim pea ke's and space? yes, i like it. and has following tim peake's mission, did you follow the whole thing from home, watching him go up and back down again? yes, we watched at school, him going to the space station... and going in for the first time, and meeting who worse in their with him —— who was in there with him. and he will be heading back again? we don't know when, sometime before 2024, it seems a long way off in the future, but will you be as excited the second time around? i don't think it will be quite as important because he has already been there, we've already had a british person go up to the space station. but, it will still be to deduct they are learning all the time, and they will be older than,
they will understand more. and they are looking for future astronauts at some point, how does the wright family feel about that? will you be putting yourself forward for a trip to space? i think it would be very scary! not sure... he looks a bit like tim peake there, i would be scared as well! but good for tim peake for doing that. thank you for speaking to us today, and coming to see the soyuz capsule. some space history behind us. today they are talking about tim peake making a second trip to the international space station. but he might not be going up on the soyuz capsule, they are being phased out. the americans and russians are designing something new. the americans are designing something else since the space programme was cut back. thank you.
the last surviving british member of the famous dambusters raid — georgejohnson — was in his early 20s when he and the rest of bomber command squadron 617 embarked on the perilous mission to destroy dams in germany in 1943. last year he was passed overfor a knighthood after being nominated for his charity work and service to the country. today his friend carol vorderman is going to parliament — along with gulf war veteran john nicol — in a campaign to get that decision changed. fiona lamdin reports. the mile long march from bomber command memorial to downing street, with the hope of finally honouring a hero. george johnson, known as johnny, seen here on the far left. one of the 133 men who flew over germany to bomb downs. more than a third of them never going home. people to say to me, were you frightened ? i said well, i think anybody who saw that for the first time must have been at least
a bit apprehensive. if not, they were either devoid of emotion or strangers to the truth. butjohnny has never been recognised for the part he played on the 16th of may, 1943. despite being nominated, he didn't appear on the new year's honours list. i hadn't realised he had been nominated, but then realised he'd been snubbed in the new year's honours list, it was an insult not only to him but also to those he fought with and those who adore him, and i'm one of them. and she's not alone. hundreds of thousands, up and down the country, agree. and so today, carol vorderman, along with raf veteran john nichol, took their message to the prime minister. i'm not saying johnny is more worthy than a fashion designer or a celebrity or a sports man or a tv personality, but it's those people are worthy of awards, thenjohnny is worth one, 100 fold.
injust three weeks, over 200,000 people have signed the petition. but whetherjohnnyjohnson, our last surviving dambuster, appears on the queen's list next time remains to be seen. vienna landing, bbc news. time for a look at the weather... good afternoon. mixed fortunes with sunshine once again today. it has been like this. a static weather pattern for some time. cloudy skies in west berkshire and hungerford, in north—west wales, what a beautiful afternoon here! it's 12 degrees under this low cloud. with it being -2 under this low cloud. with it being —2 here in east anglia. clearly
temperatures will not go up more today. through the evening and overnight, temperatures fall away. you can see blue across a lot of the chart. in the south and the west, largely frost free. it is cold in many towns and cities and even colder in the countryside. frost for us colder in the countryside. frost for us to scrape off in the morning. and some snow. as much us to scrape off in the morning. and some snow. as much as we us to scrape off in the morning. and some snow. as much as we had this morning. but things could be more tricky with the ice as it falls onto frozen surfaces. tomorrow morning, quite a bit of cloud about, some misty and murky conditions, over the hills, probably the best of the sunshine today. much of scotland first thing possibly northern ireland, this weather front is waiting in the wings. slightly less colder today, but we are pulling in more cloud, a more southerly than
south—easterly flow, it should not feel as bitter than it has done and still does today. we have a breeze about, pulling in more cloud and bits and pieces of rain in western areas. more mild by the end of the day. temperatures in england and wales will rise again by the end of the day. then, something slightly less cold, with showers moving eastwards. temperatures still at five or 6 degrees. then questions over saturday and overnight. yesterday, the weather system was to the south of us and sunday was a nice day but now it seems that rain will coming across england and wales. more mild in the south, the best of the weather could be in the northern half of the country but still, somewhat of a question mark over the weekend. on saturday, showers and on sunday in the form of
that weather front. we will keep you posted. tune in if you have plans at the weekend. this is bbc news. the headlines at four. theresa may is on her way to the united states to become the first world leader to meet the new president. but donald trump's latest comments on supporting torture in his first interview as president are likely to complicate the visit. would i feel strongly about waterboarding ? as far as i am concerned, we have to fight fire with fire. the number of prisoners taking their own lives in jails in england and wales reaches record levels. strong consumer spending helped the uk's economy to grow 0.6 in the fourth quarter of last year, according to figures from the ons. i hear at the jaguar land rover plant. i will be here all afternoon to hear more those economic growth